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Committee Membership

[inside file cover]
The British Council Film Committee

Sir Stephen Tallents, KCMG, CB, CBE,
Ministry of Town and Country Planning,
19 St James's Square, SW1

Oliver Bell, Esq.,
British Film Institute,
4 Great Russell Street, WC1

Nicolas Bentley, Esq.,
Films Division,
Ministry of Information,
Malet Street, WC1

H. Forsyth-Hardy, Esq.,
Scottish Office,
Fielden House,
10 Gt. College Street, SW1

Sir Harry Lindsay, KCIE, CBE,
Imperial Institute,
South Kensington, SW7

Charles Dukes, Esq.,
General Secretary,
National Union of General & Municipal Workers,
Copperkins Lane,
Amersham, Bucks.

Donal McCullough, Esq.,
The Vicarage,
Old Hunstanton,

Arthur Elton, Esq.,
Film Centre,
34 Soho Square, W1

Miss Dilys Powell,
14 Albion Street, W2

J.C. Hughes-Roberts, Esq., MVO,
HM Stationary Office,
No.3 Sanctuary Buildings, SW1

W. Montagu-Pollock, Esq.,
Foreign Office, SW1
Noel Sabine, Esq.,
Colonial Office, SW1

Mr Kennedy Oppke
Mr Primrose


Proposal from Joseph Reeves of the Workers' Film Association to work with the British Council to make films on the war effort. Reply from Kearney (Director of Film Dept) that BC has been 'debarred from making films of this kind'. [See photo](17th July 1941) 'Incidentally several of our films do show the self-sacrificing efforts made by workers (e.g. “Steel Goes to Sea... but we had to soft-pedal the war effort angle for the reason indicated.'


Mr Reeves provokes article in Kinematography Weekly entitled 'Film Propaganda Crippled', criticising MOI. [see photo] (24th July 1941)


Notes from HM Stationary Office suggesting Reeves join film committee in advisory capacity.


Mentions of BC films catalogues from 1940 & 1941. “Films of Britain 1941”.


Dominions Office enquires about the supervision of what is distributed by the BC. (12th August 1942). Kearney replies that best plan is probably to have a DO representative on the films committee. Mr Wiseman from the DO agrees to be on the committee.


(2nd Spetember 1942, Kearney to Wiseman.) Meetings of the film committee “are not held at regular intervals but take place on an average about once in every month or six weeks.”


(4th January 1942) Kearney to Lord Amulree. “I have been away from the office for a few days with a chill...”


Mr W D H McCullough (Mistry of Agriculture and Fisheries) Wishes to join the committee in an individual capacity, as has hopes to enter the House of Commons after the war, and might be forced to leave the committee when leaves the Ministry. [see photo] Primrose/Kearney points out that this is against policy, and recommends consulting committee.


Board of Education Representative: J P Scothorne, Esq., The Cottage, Carmel Road, Darlington. (May 1943)


Primrose mentions visiting Guedalla in in hospital. (1st May 1944)


(May 1944) Primrose to many: “The Scottish Office has applied for representation on the Council's Film Committee...”

O. Bell: “Who am I to say anything? We are so interdepartmental that one more won't make any difference. We might even get somebody who knows about films!”

Highet: “I have no objections, but the committee is becoming disturbingly large.”

Gurney: “...won't it make the Film Committee more unwieldy than ever. And isn't Mr Highet a sufficient spokesman for Scotland? Couldn't the Scottish Office appoint him to represent their interests?”

[and other, less entertaining replies]

HM Stationary suggest that admission on a regional basis is less than a good reason, and recommends leaving the decision to the next committee meeting.

Forsyth Hardy appointed.


(Feb 10th 1945) [Plain note. See photo.]

“Mr Phillip Guedalla died Dec 1944”

“Mr Scothorne (B of Educ) died Jan or Feb 1945”


(Feb 9th 1945)
Note informing of Scothorne's death. Proposal that committee should not meet until a new chairman is appointed.


(8th March 1945)
Jean Copeland, Ministry of Health leaves job, withdraws from committee. Mentions Mr Fife Clark.


(25th May 1945)
Mention of Tallents as chairman of film committee.


Mr Nicolas Bentley ceases to be on committee, proposes Miss Bril in lieu. (Sept 28th 1945).


(Last Primrose 9th March 1945)